Thursday, 16 June 2016

Is the Beauty Blender worth the hype?

Only a few years ago they seemed like such a novelty, yet today the Beauty Blender seems to be a staple in makeup bags across the world. Having first written it off as a bit of a fad, I finally cracked and purchased one mid-last year, hoping it would provide the flawless base it is renowned for. In the ten or so months I've had it, I can fairly say that it edged itself into my everyday makeup routine. That said, I wanted to run through its pros and its cons, should you be looking to buy a makeup sponge in the future.

The Beauty Blender's biggest weak spot is that it is a bit of a faff to employ it properly - technically, you need to head to the bathroom and run it under the tap until it expands in size before it's ready for use. If you don't take care to squeeze out enough of the excess water, it can leave your face wet (I have previously done this - don't repeat my mistakes). I use a setting spray instead of water, which always happens to be sitting right in front of me at my dressing table and helps my makeup last longer. But you can't get around the fact that it's an extra step in your morning routine. You can understand why on lazy days I'm tempted to give it a miss and reach for a brush, which is also cleaner and won't dirty my fingers.

The Beauty Blender gives a far lighter coverage than other tools, largely due to the sponge drinking up a good deal of the product. This is wasteful, and as I opt for a light tinted moisturiser on a day-to-day basis, it takes a while to build my desired coverage. 

That being said, it certainly provides a more imperceptible finish than a buffing brush, which, if you're rushed and careless in applying your base, are wont to leave brushstrokes. I don't use it to apply my base from scratch - instead, I use it to blend out any visible lines or patches from my original application. This is particularly true of concealer - my under-eyes tend to crease if I don't take particular care, so I like to dot over my concealer with a damp Beauty Blender, and this helps keep the issue at bay. Another top tip: if you face looks a bit cakey after using powder, a bit of dabbing with a damp Beauty Blender should freshen things up again and bring back some dewiness. 

An upside of this is that, unlike a harsher buffing brush, the Beauty Blender won't disrupt your skincare or primer; it instead gently taps on your products to make a seamless base. If you find your moisturiser "pills" when you apply your base, this could be your solution (although I would advise you seek out more compatible products to avoid the problem altogether).

So there you have it - what I see are the fabled Beauty Blender's upsides and downsides. If you're a loyal foundation brush user, it certainly won't replace it - it didn't for me at any rate. But to answer the question in this post's title, I would say it is worth the hype - it is certainly a handy little tool and it helped me achieve a more natural base than I had managed previously.

I must admit I haven't tried any of the non-Beauty Blender makeup sponges, but I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts if you have - are they much the same? And if you have the Beauty Blender, what's your favourite way to use it?
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